The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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June 28, 2013

Motorsports: Poised and ready for Speed Week

By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

MECHANICSBURG -- Six races into the 2013 Central Pennsylvania 410 sprint car season, Fred Rahmer and car owner Rob Sell were in victory lane.

Finding victory lane is nothing new for Rahmer, the 2009 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee, who has more than 500 career wins in a sprint car. It was the first win for Sell as a car owner.

Rahmer enters the 23rd annual Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week as the 13-time and defending champion of the series which begins its nine-race, 10-day odessy tonight.

Rahmer, who started racing in 1978, also owns 99 small-block modified features wins.

The second-generation driver and his new team have been on fire ever since the drop of the green flag for the Icebreaker 30 at Lincoln Speedway.

The team has amassed an incredible 31 consecutive top-10 finishes.

Rahmer leads the points at both Lincoln and Williams Grove Speedways and has four wins on the season.

This coming after a two win campaign last year in 79 starts.

"We're just lucky so far," Rahmer said following a second-place run at Selinsgrove Speedway 410 race on March 10 of the teams early-season success. "I've raced long enough to know not to get too excited, but I am happy with the way things are going."

Rahmer, 54, did not score a win in last year's Speed Week. He owns 30 Speed Week victories. The next closest is Greg Hodnett with 22.

Last year, Brian Montieth was the only driver to win two Speed Week races (Lincoln, Big Diamond). Other winners were Hodnett (Grandview), Keith Kauffman (Hagerstown), Logan Schuchart and Stevie Smith (Williams Grove), Tyler Walker (Port Royal) and Lance Dewease (Selinsgrove).

The first-ever Speed Week race was held July 3, 1991 at Williams Grove where Steve Smith was the winner.

That year, Smith won three of the five races to secure the his one and only Speed Week title.

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